Julie Parker on 2019 Priestess Podcast Year
Whether we want it to be or not, fear and self-doubt are companions for us on our life journeys. We can want for them to not be, but it doesn’t lessen their actual presence any more from doing so. Today’s Priestess Podcast guest - Sas Petherick - has made a life long commitment to studying self-doubt and how it shows up in our lives. She is a total boss mistress at this and we all benefit from her being so. Sas shares with us today her own journey with self-doubt, ways we can gently and compassionately overcome it and see it as a portal for our own spiritual awakenings and journeys.
My guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Abiola Abrams - is a wildly successful spiritual woman entrepreneur who works deeply with the Goddess in support of everything she does. Abiola travels the world hosting retreats, writing for magazines as a columnist and is a widely in demand speaker and best selling author. She shares with us how the Goddess first came to her in life, how she works with Her energy and her daily spiritual routine that supports her to create such magick in the world. Abiola is an inspiration in how she channels divine Goddess energy and you’re likely to pick up more than one way you can do so yourself from her time with us on the show.
Sheena Yap Chan has interviewed more than seven hundred women on the topic of self-confidence. Now that’s a lot of anecdotal and real life evidence on what it takes to be a confident woman in the modern world, especially when we can feel surrounded by messages that help us be anything but. As my guest on The Priestess Podcast today Sheena was the perfect person to talk about self-confidence and her perspective on the spiritual ‘Tao’ or way that we can develop more confidence in our lives. She refreshingly speaks about how self-confidence is something that is a journey and not a destination and something that we all have to commit to working on if we want to have it.
I adore my guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Reverend High Priestess Thema Azize Serwa. Thema lives up to her larger than life title and name in every way - as you are soon about to find out. Growing up in a church environment Thema became curious as she got older about women in the bible, and their stories, and it has lead her down a path of enlightenment and an awakening to the Goddess and life as a Priestess, while maintaining her love of God and Christianity. Thema is direct, loving, inspirational and a true guide for modern women looking to explore their spirituality in her work as an Interfaith Minister, as well as her calling to help them love and honour their womb spaces more as a radical act of healing and self-empowerment.
If you have been a regular listener of The Priestess Podcast you will know that I consider our shadow to be a gift, and shadow work to be life giving. Even though we have parts of ourselves that we don’t want to face and heal, doing so is often the pathway to untold growth and wonder - and it’s certainly hat way if we are a business owner. My incredible guest today - Anna Tsui - believes we all have shadow magic inside us and that if we are entrepreneurs, it has specific ways it shows up, presenting us with opportunities to work with it and help grow our businesses from a position of strength and what she calls our ‘executive voice.’ If you are a business owner or dreaming of becoming one, working with your shadow is going to be a must and Anna’s episode today may just be the portal to help you open up to do so.
What would you do if you had a huge a-ha moment one day and realised that the life you were living was not the one - in any way - that you wanted anymore. Well, if you are my guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Steph Jagger you go skiing. Now that sounds simple and even trite - but it’s not. Steph’s call to adventurous action on a ski trip that took her around the world was a spiritual adventure of the highest calling. It was an adventure that had heartbreak, challenge, joy and a deep uncovering of her feminine and her own version of truth. Hers is a story and journey that is inspiring, uplifting and filled with life lessons. It may even inspire you to go on a spiritual adventure of your own.
I wonder how many times in life you may have (somewhat huffily!) said to yourself “I’ve got it!” or “Thanks but no I don’t need help” or muttered under your breath - “I should have done it myself.” If you’re anything like me at all then you probably have - and more than once too. My wonderful guest on The Priestess Podcast today Elayne Fluker calls this “I got it” syndrome and believes it is something that so many modern women are feeling the pressure and weight of under heavy cloaks of expectation and the belief that to be successful we have to have it all. If you have ever felt alone and wondered if you need to truly take on everything yourself or it will NEVER get done or done to the standards you want - Elayne is about to be your new BFF! Listen up to her amazing HELP model - it may just change the way you ask for support in your life forever.
Carolina Rodriguez-Barros never grew up as a little girl believing that she would become a New Earth Soul Alchemist and I am sure that is something that many of you listening right now could relate to. If someone had told me that I would be doing what I am doing right now even as a young woman in my 20’s I would scarcely have believed them. My interview with Carolina for The Priestess Podcast today will help you to see how everything in life that we experience and even desire not to experience is a part of our spiritual path. And that in fact life itself IS the spiritual path we are all on.
What does it mean to have true intimacy in your everyday life? To feel deeply connected to everything you are and to have others see you in that way too? Intimacy is something that can of course mean different things to us all, but I think you’re going to love my guest today - Juliet Allen - and her very special take on what true intimacy really is. As a sexologist I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by to talk to Juliet about the connection between sex and intimacy and also sex and spirituality as well. It makes for a soulful, spirited and sexy conversation that I hope you love.
My guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Olana Barros - is a truly special woman something that you are about to find out in our interview today all about life, living and legacy. In particular what Olana believes is your Divine Legacy. This is one of those rich and soulful conversations that may just change your life. So often we think that to achieve a legacy or leave a legacy or mark of some kind that we have to do something extra-ordinary, something that makes us famous or impacts millions of people. When in fact, if you believe or are about to believe for the first time, like Olana and I do, that such things are not at all required to leave a legacy. What is, is living your life to its fullest and in your own Divine truth. Every person who lives in such a way leaves a legacy.
Sarah Wilder is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer, thought leader and nature nerd ever exploring the healing arts + natural world. She is on a mission to self actualise and teach others how to work with the beauty and magic in nature to help rediscover their own.
It’s always so beautiful for me to interview people for The Priestess Podcast who are passionate about what they do and the gifts they bring into the world. And such is the case with my guest today - Ashni - who you are about to find out has a deep love and passion for flowers. And that passion is one I absolutely share. Ashni is a flower essence therapist and in this episode she speaks to the beauty, wisdom and healing properties of flowers and how they are so often a mirror of our own spiritual journeys. It’s the perfect episode once you have finished listening - to go out and buy yourself a bunch of flowers or spend time in your garden with these divine gifts from Mother Earth.
You, like me, probably think you know what self-care means. Even if you are not necessarily ‘doing’ it well for yourself. However do we really know what self-care and tending to ourselves with tenderness actually is? Or are we still a part of the media machine that tells us that self-care is really about bubble baths or going for a walk and doing something to improve or better ourselves? My guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Mara Glatzel - is a fan of a bubble bath as am I. But you are soon to learn from Mara that self-care is about so much more than something we may ever be able to Instagram. It’s about deep exploration and being in relation with oneself, curiosity, setting boundaries, difficult conversations with people we love and leaning into the discomfort of asking for what we truly need.
What does it really mean to be a Queen? The Queen of your own life, body, feelings, experiences, thoughts. And more. The Queen of it all. When we think about the Queen Archetype it’s easy to just see what is on the surface. Someone who is regal, a leader, confident, wears her crown with pride. But embodying the Queen archetype as my incredible guest on the podcast today Nehanda Yemaya Imana shares with us is so much more than that. Being a true Queen in our own life and world is all about taking full responsibility for who we are - who we are not - and who we are becoming. This undoubtedly includes all of our darkness and shadow. Those parts of ourselves that we would rather deny or push away. True Queens face up. Face in. And own all of who they are. May you, as you walk your own version of Queendom in your life - do all of these things - and more.
Love. That’s what my guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Phoebe Mwanza - believes is the deep connection and link between our spirituality and social justice. A human rights lawyer, social justice advocate and podcaster, Phoebe, as an African Australian woman, carries in her heart a lifetime of experiences that have lead her to a place of being passionate about supporting and speaking up about important social and political issues that need to be more widely addressed. Phoebe shares with us in this episode how her spiritual re-awakening in her 30’s ignited this passion and how we can all do better as human beings for each other at both a soul and embodied level.
I remember the first time I saw a tarot deck - it was in a movie - and shuffling the cards was a very cranky looking crone who was about to use them to dispense some hard learned wisdom to the young woman sitting opposite her. From that moment on I believed for a long time that tarot cards were really only something that someone else used to read for you and that they were used to tell your fortune. Many moons later I have now come to understand tarot as something that is a creative tool for self-expression and spiritual journeying and as my wonderful guest today - Jerico Mandybur - is about to share with us for self-care and healing as well. If you have never thought of using tarot for your own wellness before Jerico is about to share with you how you can do exactly that.
We are living in a time of great hurry, flurry, busyness and hustle. Even if we try to resist such things, they still swirl around us and can be hard to ignore or not fall into. The result of this is, I believe, many of us are craving more simple lives that echo the times of our grandmothers, great grandmothers and beyond. Lives that are more simple, more soulful and more sacred. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today is Megan Dalla Camina and she has written a beautiful book called ‘Simple, Soulful, Sacred’ - and it’s a gift for our times on how we can create lives that are just that. Megan’s wise and wonderful writing and thoughts on this topic feel like a hustle antidote and are inspiring in their simplicity on how very small and tangible choices and changes are available to us all - every day - if we choose them. The result? A more simple, soulful and sacred life.
I love it when people surprise you - in a good way. And that’s what happened in the opening moments of my interview today with Dr Rebecca Ray, author of The Universe Listens to Brave. Rebecca is a clinical psychologist and openly admits at the start of our chat today that she has experienced many personal and emotional issues of her own that have seen her have to really wrestle with her own fear, inner critic, relationship with bravery and her sense of self. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear from someone who is upheld as a professional in the area of mental wellbeing and has such a significant online following as well. If you’re currently seeking some more courage and bravery in your life right now, this episode with Dr Rebecca is going to become a favourite.
Is it really possible to be both strong and soft as a person? Can you have boundaries and also be vulnerable with yourself and others? What does it truly mean to be strong? Does softness mean what we really think it does? We dive into all of these questions and more today on The Priestess Podcast with my guest Emily Cassel. Emily was once a highly self-critical type A perfectionist who avoided vulnerability and softness in her life, until she realised both - combined with action orientated and forward moving strength - was the pathway to her own form of success and fulfillment. When you listen in to her journey and wisdom today you may just find it’s a pathway for you too.
My guest on The Priestess Podcast today, Becca Piastrelli, says that “Being alive in this time means that we all have a long and tangled past that our ancestors navigated to get us where we are today.” And she speaks the absolute truth. Truth in particular when speaking about tanglements that relate to those of us who identify as white and are descendants of people who colonised land, more often than not through brutal means, that we may still, and likely do, benefit from today. There is so much ancestral wisdom, culture and beauty that we can all access as modern day folk living right now. In fact, our ancestors can be our greatest allies. However for us to really tap into their wisdom and learn from their mistakes of past, we must be prepared to uncover and face the truth of both the beauty and the horror of what has transpired before us, so that we can forge a new path for ourselves right now and for all those to come into the future.
The way we feel about ourselves as a human being is complex. It’s not a case of simply wanting to feel about ourselves in a certain way and it happening. There are often a lot of barriers that we have to overcome to claim our full worthiness, beauty and even divinity. One of the things that can stand in our way of achieving this is an emotional wound of some kind, an experience or experiences we have had that deeply impact our sense of self. One of those wounds is The Father Wound and my guest on The Priestess Podcast today - Shade Ashani - is an expert in this area having conducted extensive research and written a book - about the impact of The Father Wound in particular on their daughters. If you, like me, are someone that has had a challenging relationship with their father you may just find this episode comforting and enlightening as well and to know that no matter our past experiences that we can always create a different future for ourselves through conscious choice.
Today’s episode of The Priestess Podcast is delicious - and you may just want to have some of your most favourite foods on hand to enjoy while you listen in. My guest Tracey Pattison has a 25 year history of recipe creation for some of the world’s top chefs. She is passionate about seasonal living and eating, nourishing yourself, and being a sovereign, empowered queen in your own kitchen and how you priestess your plate and body. Tracey is also deeply committed to readdressing patriarchal and capitalist imbalances when it comes to the industrialization and commodification of food, and the returning to ‘home’ whatever that may look like for each of us when it comes to the tending to and nourishment of our own souls.
Leadership is a BIG topic and there are so many ways we can discuss it, think about it and live it as well. In saying that however, for so long now I think that leadership has been presented to us in a very narrow way, and where it is supposedly deeply tied with things such as power and authority. I absolutely love that we are now starting to both talk about, see, and live leadership as human beings in such a way that involves us talking about it in terms of empathy, compassion, heart and radical responsibility. And my guest on The Priestess Podcast today Luna Grace Isbell-Love is the perfect person to do that with. You are soon about to hear Luna speak of leadership in a way that you may never have before, and if that is the case, I hope it opens your eyes and heart to the knowing that you too are a leader and can be more so if you choose.
I am sure you don’t need me to tell you, or remind you, that the pace with which so many of us live in this modern world is frenetic, frantic and frenzied. All the EFFS! There always seems to be so much to DO and just being as a human can feel some days like it’s a distant desire. My guest on The Priestess Podcast today is the luminous Connie Chapman, someone whose work and presence I adore. Connie truly embodies her values as a woman and a business owner and so when I invited her on the show to talk about her passion for slowing down - simply slowing down and living a slower and more thoughtful, intuitive, guided existence - I knew she would deliver just that. If you need to take a breath right now - a little one - a big one - or one anywhere in between - you’re going to love Connie and her simple but powerful sharings on how to slow down and tune in to the true depth of your own wisdom.